I Corinthians 4:20 says, “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” In other words, the kingdom of God is not in impressive rhetoric or even in impressive sermons. The kingdom of God is in demonstration, and not just any “run-of-the-mill” demonstration, but in miraculous demonstration, because the Greek word translated as “power” in the scripture text above means, “power for performing miracles”.
The kingdom is not truly and fully communicated until it is demonstrated in miracle-working power.
Since this is a truth—a Reality of God—it’s remarkable how little demonstration of miraculous power we see in the westernized church—even in Charismatic, Neo-Charismatic, Pentecostal, Neo-Pentecostal, and Word of Faith churches. We believe in “healing”, we just rarely do healing. We “believe” in miracles, we just rarely, if ever, do miracles. We “believe” in casting out devils, we just never cast out devils. That’s called having a “form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” (2 Tim. 3:5)
Now, we don’t think of it as “denying” because we “believe” in it. We define denial as the refusal to believe in a doctrine or a theory. However, denial is more much more than that—it’s the refusal to accept a reality. In psychology, it refers to a type of defense mechanism where people subconsciously reject aspects of reality that they are not comfortable with.
That’s what’s happening in the westernized church—we consciously accept the supernatural, we consciously accept revival, but we never experience it—we are just not comfortable with it—we are not comfortable with “unusual” signs and wonders, people falling onto the ground shaking and weeping, people falling into trances, people seeing angels, people manifesting demons, tumors falling on the floor, or any other “messy” effects of the enactment of the kingdom of God—so we subconsciously reject these effects of the Reality of the King and His kingdom.
If that’s not being in denial, then what is? It’s like the alcoholic that says they don’t have a drinking problem—they are living in denial. When we say we believe in power for performing miracles, but never perform miracles, that we believe in revival, but never experience revival—that’s living in denial. If we really believed it, we’d be doing it. Believing is not a substitute for experience, it’s not a cerebral alternative for encountering the Reality of God, it is the living out, the walking out, of the Reality of God in our lives.
Believing is the incarnation of belief.
The type of cerebral Christianity that I am describing allows for the historic reality of revivals and the supernatural—it even boasts of believing in the miracles of the Bible—it tells stories of the Azusa Street Revival and of the Healing Revival—it may even recount past personal stories of supernatural reality—but it never makes a demand that that we presently and currently venture into the risk of personal experience—it devalues experience and replaces the reality of a fresh and current kingdom encounter with the mere words of men.
We live in a religious culture where leaders, as one person said, “are willing to leave the power on the pages.”
As Doug McCurry and Zeb Long say in the book Collapse of the Brass Heaven, “The Western worldview diverges from the world-views of the biblical and developing worlds in it’s rejection of spiritual reality. To the Westerner, God is in His heaven, we are here on the earth, and there is nothing in between. This is a comfortable arrangement. We do not have to worry about spiritual powers that take us beyond the reach of the natural. Many of us doubt that the spiritual world exists. Those who believe in it are not sure it bears much relevance to everyday life.”
Facing Down Cerebral Christianity
I only have one thing to say about this trend towards powerless Christianity in America… America shall be saved!!!
At Sent Ones Unlimited we are called to boldly face down “Cerebral Christianity” in America—it is a power encounter with the power and love of God. Our mission is revival— the restoration of apostolic Christianity.
Everywhere we go, we are announcing the good news of the kingdom. (Mark 1:14-15) We are announcing that the time is up, that the kingdom of God is actively present, and that people should repent and believe. The Holy Spirit is enacting this announcement. (Matthew 10:7-8; Matthew 12:28) He is healing, performing miracles, signs, wonders, and delivering the oppressed. The dominion and tyranny of darkness is being displaced by the rule (the kingdom) of the King, the Person of the King, the presence of the King, the will of the King, the authority of the King, and the power of the King. It’s happening—and it’s happening everywhere that you send us.
Hundreds of people have been healed in the last few weeks. A man was powerfully delivered from a spirit of infirmity, a young man’s leg grew out an inch, a veteran was healed of chemical burns in his nose (he was wounded in Iraq)—all of this you can watch on video with your very own eyes. The kingdom of God is actively present!
In every meeting people testify of feeling physical wind blowing on them, rain falling on them (sometimes their clothes are wet), of fire burning on them, of seeing the glory cloud, of seeing angels or angelic activity, of smelling heavenly fragrances (in one meeting 16 people smelled roses for 15 minutes), but most importantly, everywhere we go, people are filling the altars; seeking God with their whole hearts, finding their first love again, surrendering their hearts to Jesus, and being baptized with the Holy Spirit.
It’s happening! Revival is in America! Please keep praying for our ministry.
Until next time, may you have more kingdom reality, the joy-life of fellowshipping in the family of God, and “MAS FUEGO!” (MORE FIRE!”)
Your Apostolic Revivalists & Equippers,
Nathanael & Michelle Wolf
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